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Shaping sounds

The origins of the Netflix ‘sound’. Related, how Brian Eno composed the Windows 95 sound; the man behind the Intel ‘bongs’, the composer Walter Werzowa; the Contentious Tale of the McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ It” Jingle; the THX ‘Deep Note’, composed … Continue reading

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Scribbles and side-chains

Cave Things is a little bit Shrigley-esque in its conception and execution / This Cryptid World, cartography of the cultural imagination / swimming pools from above, photographed by Brad Walls / buy a house in the Cité Frugès de Pessac … Continue reading

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Ground Control to Major Tom

Authors Christopher Reeves and Aaron Walker compile the world’s worst playlist on the occasion of the publication of their book The World’s Worst: A Guide to the Portsmouth Sinfonia. More about this legendary orchestra / manipulated scenes and landscapes by … Continue reading

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Ten Years Ago

Sifting through the archives, we found a few posts that never made it to our new domain a decade ago. For the sake of completism, here they are, dead links and all: Starting Afresh; Museums in a Box; Brand Extensions; … Continue reading

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Over your shoulder

Jeff Mermelstein’s book #nyc is a creepy reminder of how much of our private lives and thoughts play out in a (semi) public way / Wired revisits the ongoing hunt for Alien Big Cats in the UK. Check the British … Continue reading

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How things change

Things from here and there today. Brick houses in a forest / digital art by Universal Everything / a tour of the architecture of skateboarding with Tony Hawk / The Long Road to The Porsche 911 / “Amid the multibillion … Continue reading

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Plinky plonk

A playable Grand Piano made out of Lego / some new style takeaway food packaging / playing with the internet’s most reviled synthesizer / out with the 3D chrome effect; car brands are returning to flat logos / A MAZE. … Continue reading

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Still watching the skies

a few publications: Document Journal (art, culture, photography, e.g. The secret drawings of Great Britain’s UFO Desk); White Hot Magazine (international art); Tape Op (the magazine of creative music recording) / How to cheat the bestseller list / widely seen, … Continue reading

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Cogs and gears

Dreamscapes & Artificial Architecture, a new book about computer generated alternative realities / sort of related, architectural models by Frank Kunert (via Dezeen) / sci-fi cities illustrated by Grant Riven Yun / Cigarettes, Space Invaders and the birth of the … Continue reading

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Planning ahead

Townscaper, building cities as a welcome distraction (via MeFi). See also the Medieval Fantasy City Generator / Queen Victoria’s private railway station at Nine Elms. Now firmly buried beneath the Gladwin Tower, just one of the area’s many, many claims … Continue reading

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In the mix

The Concrete House, one of Connell, Ward and Lucas’s quiet masterpieces / twenty years of the Wallpaper* architects’ directory / 100 years that changed Houston; ‘Just add an overwhelmingly oppressive humidity and you’ve got the place.’ (thanks, David) / welcome … Continue reading

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Hook, line and sinker

The Fishing Party, an ancient post about a mid-80s British documentary that’s worth re-watching, if you can stand it / a history of the German autobahn / My Own Private Bookclub, a traditional and wonderful blog / Jon, episode 1 … Continue reading

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Fire in the sky

Yes, it’s Los Angeles, July 2020 / I had such a lovely dream last night / Land of the Rising Sound, a Roland Retrospective (related, vintage Roland catalogues / how to pick the perfect watermelon / ‘a new spectacting style’ … Continue reading

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Observed around the web

Running Car ‘Faces’ Through An AI Face-Processing Algorithm Is Amazing And Terrifying / enjoy the slow pace of the Ogmios School of Zen Motoring / The accidental dystopia of major construction sites (via K) / Moldova Shuts Down Bootleg Helicopter … Continue reading

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The speed of Austen

Could Teleporting Ever Work? (Spoiler: No) / where’s the beef? RIP Carl Reiner / QasarBeach emulates the Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) (via Synthtopia) / New York scene in miniature by Cityfolk Studio. More small things at D.Thomas Fine Miniatures … Continue reading

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Short and random things

RIP, Milton Glaser / From Russia with Loewy: The U.S.S.R.’s failed world car. The story of the Moskvich / an ongoing project, Photo collections from every state in the Union / the thoroughly depressing secret economics of the VIP party … Continue reading

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Infuriatingly idiosyncratic

A film about Carmine Street Guitars (via The Guardian) / music by Danish band Tales of Murder and Dust / recommendations via We Love Lo-Fi / more via American Pancake / Twist Spin Tuck Jump (at K) / beautifully painted … Continue reading

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Life in lockdown

‘numb‘ is a short film about life in lockdown by the teen filmmaker Liv Mcneil. Recommended (via MeFi) / The Booksellers: ‘This was once a clubbable – and very male – profession that hardly changed for centuries, run by a … Continue reading

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Get me out of bed

Play with Google’s Shared Piano / Soulwax and the hunt for the EMS Synthi 100 / music at A Certain Kind Records / another label to check out, I Heart Noise / photographs by Jan Koster / Milcho Pipin’s photographs … Continue reading

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Folded up

For Sale: Eppich House II by Arthur Erickson (via Wowhaus) / former Medicine frontman Brad Laner has a treasure trove of audio on his bandcamp page / more concrete, sorry. On Le Corbusier’s housing at Fruges / sort of related, … Continue reading

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